Blackmore excels on Honeysuckle in Mare's Hurdle

March 10, 2020

Honeysuckle got the better of Benie Des Dieux in an titanic tussle for the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.

The Willie Mullins-trained Benie Des Dieux claimed the Grade One prize in 2018 and looked sure to follow up 12 months ago until suffering a crashing fall at the final flight.

Having since won Grade Ones at Punchestown and Auteuil before making a foot-perfect comeback in the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park, she was the 4-6 favourite to regain her crown, despite facing a serious rival in Henry de Bromhead’s 9-4 shot Honeysuckle.

Unbeaten in seven previous starts, including victory in last month’s Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown, the six-year-old travelled strongly for much of the way under Rachael Blackmore, but looked at the mercy of Benie Des Dieux in the hands of a motionless Paul Townend racing down the hill.

However, Honeysuckle quickened the better of the two rounding the home turn to steal the advantage, and try as she might, Benie Des Dieux could not get back on terms in the straight, with half a length separating the pair at the line.

De Bromhead said: “They are two amazing ladies. It was a great bit of race-riding to nip up the inside when Paul opted to go wide and it looks like it won her the race. Rachael had to sit and suffer for a bit, but when the gap appeared she was gone.

Put the kettle on does it for the Girls at Arkle!

March 10, 2020

Prolific mare Put The Kettle On showed the boys the way home in the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy.

Despite having won four of her previous five starts over fences, the Henry de Bromhead-trained six-year-old was a 16-1 chance on what was her first competitive appearance since landing the Arkle Trophy Trial over the course and distance in November.

Ridden by Aidan Coleman, Put The Kettle On was always close to the pace and was in front rounding the home turn, with Fakir D’oudairies her nearest pursuer.

The latter did himself no favours by walking through the second fence from the finish — and while he tried his very best to bridge the gap racing up the hill, Put The Kettle On refused to bend and passed the post a length and a half to the good.

Rouge Vif ran a fine race in third, with the winner’s stablemate Notebook — the 5-2 favourite on the strength of successive Grade One wins at Leopardstown — ultimately disappointing.

De Bromhead said: “Aidan was brilliant on her and said she just attacked every fence. She had course and distance form in the book, so you couldn’t underestimate her, but obviously Notebook was our more fancied runner.

Cappucimix makes all in Naas opener

March 08, 2020

Capuccimix justified strong market confidence, as he made all in the opener at Naas this afternoon, the Enjoy The Cheltenham Festival With MansionBet Beginners Chase.

A winner of a maiden hurdle at Clonmel last year, the Henry de Bromhead trained grey was second on his debut over fences at Navan in December and again filled the runner-up spot on his most recent outing at Gowran.

Available at 10/11 in early shows, the Robcour owned seven-year-old opened on-course at 8/13, before going off the clear market leader at 2/5.

In front throughout under Robbie Power, he had matters under control from the second last and despite an untidy jump at the final fence, he went on to score decisively by eleven lengths.

Bob Olinger a name to remember after impressive victory

March 07, 2020

Bob Olinger looks another exciting prospect for Robcour and Henry de Bromhead after blitzing his seven rivals in the ‘Doc’s Bumper’ Point-to-Point Flat Race at Gowran Park. 


The Sholokhov gelding won a Turtulla maiden in very good style for Pat Doyle last November and certainly added to his reputation when making all here. 


Patrick Mullins oozed confidence on the 6/4 chance and was virtually motionless in the final furlong as the five-year-old stretched clear to score by ten lengths.

Corner collects for de Bromhead and Holden

March 05, 2020

The veteran Kavanaghs Corner gained a third career victory when staying on best in the closing stages to land the Urlingford Rated Chase at Thurles.

Henry de Bromhead's charge was sent to post a 5/1 shot in the extended two-and-a-half mile contest and was held up in the early stages by Daniel Holden.

The 11-year-old took closer order going to the third last and was one of five in with a shout at the penultimate fence.

Three jumped the last upsides as the eventual winner tackled long-time leader Western Sea and Crazyheart.

Kavanaghs Corner hit the front on the run-in and despite wandering a touch late on he had plenty in hand to beat Crazyheart by two-and-three-quarter lengths.

The winning rider said:- "I rode him in Limerick and he switched off lovely and it was the same today.

Gigginstown doube their tally at Navan

March 03, 2020

Gigginstown House Stud were on the mark for the second race in succession at Navan with Punitive defying top-weight in the Athboy Handicap Hurdle.

Aided by Hugh Morgan’s seven pound claim, the Henry de Bromhead-trained victor followed up on his course and distance success from January 18th.

Scarlet And Dove took the preceding mares maiden hurdle for Gigginstown, and here Punitive was similarly always to the fore.

He led, made slight mistakes at the second and the seventh, and the 5/1 favourite was headed entering the straight.

Pushed along and disputing three out, the Shantou gelding was ridden and led again after two out. The six-year-old stayed on well on the run-in to beat Even Flight by three lengths.

“It's nice to get back on him again and I have to thank Gigginstown and Mr de Bromhead for the opportunity,” said Morgan

Eklat opens 'track' account in Style

March 05, 2020

Eklat De Rire produced a powerful front-running performance to land the INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle at Thurles in good style.

The Henry de Bromhead-trained gelding was sent to post a 6/5 shot for the contest, run over just shy over two-miles-and-seven furlongs.

Rachael Blackmore bounced out in front on her mount and the Saddex gelding had his rivals at work before the home straight.

All About Joe stayed on to give chase going to the final flight but never looked like pegging back the front-runner who only had to be shaken up briefly on the run-in for a cosy six length success.

The winner had chased home Foxy Jacks on his 'track' debut at Punchestown last month having cost £110,000 after landing a point-to-point at Dromahane last November.

Blackmore said afterwards:- "It was a very nice performance. He came on a lot from his run the last day and he is a really nice horse going forward.

Blackmore gets the fractions right as Militant springs shock

February 22, 2020

Jason The Militant hung on at the line to cause a 25/1 shock in the Paddy Power Betting Shop Novice Hurdle at Naas this afternoon.

The Sans Frontieres gelding was given a fine front-running ride by Rachael Blackmore as he gained a narrow victory in the Grade 2 event.

Andy Dufresne was sent to post a 6/5 shot in the contest, over just shy of two miles, but came under pressure jumping the second last.

Jason The Militant got his rivals off the bridle there and it was Beacon Edge who was the big danger going to the final flight.

A slight mistake at the last by that rival gave Henry de Bromhead's charge the slight advantage and he stuck his head out gamely on the run to the line, clinging on by a nose at the post.

De Bromhead and Blackmore combine for Gowran Double

February 15, 2020

Trainer Henry De Bromhead and jockey Rachael Blackmore combined to record a double at Gowran today as Spyglass Hill continued the pair's excellent form with victory in the Download The BoyleSports App Beginners Chase.

De Bromhead and Blackmore have combined for five Grade 1 wins already this season and having bagged a fourth Grade 2 success with Chris's Dream in the 35-minutes earlier 2.54pm Red Mills Chase, doubled their score for the afternoon with Spyglass Hill.

The son of Morozov survived hairy jumping errors at the third last and last fences but eventually beat runner-up Milan Native by six lengths.

Afterwards De Bromhead stated “he looked to be going well in Naas and obviously fell and it looks like he's more-or-less learned his lesson from there hopefully.

“He jumped really well and was clever today. Rachael took her time and she said he picked up well up the straight.

Honeysuckle blossoms in Irish Champion Hurdle

February 01, 2020

The Henry de Bromhead-trained Honeysuckle confirmed her star status when running out a game winner of the PCI Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown this afternoon.

Punters latched on to the unbeaten mare in the two-mile feature on day one of the Dublin Racing Festival as she was backed into 8/11 favourite having been a 13/8 shot in the morning.

Rachael Blackmore, recording a Grade 1 double on the day following the earlier win of Notebook, tracked front-running stable-mate Petit Mouchoir for much of the race.

She let the daughter of Sulamani move up to tackle the grey going to the second last but was slightly untidy at that flight.

It didn't halt her momentum however as she kicked for home turning into the straight. The six-year-old gained a couple of lengths advantage going to the last but jumped left there letting Petit Mouchoir back in with a chance.

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